Silhouette PORTRAIT Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Happy Monday-Before-Thanksgiving! Have you heard about the NEW Silhouette PORTRAIT digital cutting tool? Well, I’m going to review the Silhouette Portrait AND give one away today. YAYY!

This is the 3rd Silhouette model that I’ve used and owned. My first Silhouette was the SD that my hubby surprised me with for our 5th anniversary. Since then I upgraded to the CAMEO and now got the chance to play with the new PORTRAIT.

Silhouette PORTRAIT

silhouette portrait Silhouette recently launched the new Silhouette PORTRAIT. It is very similar to the CAMEO, but there are a few differences.

PORTRAIT differences:

  •  8″ cutting width {Cameo has 12″}
  • Weighs 3.5 pounds {Cameo weighs 6.5 pounds}
  • No LCD screen
  • Load Media only button

PORTRAIT Similarities to the CAMEO:

  • Hooks up to your computer, like a printer, but instead of printing, it cuts with a small blade.
  • Precise cut
  • No cartridges
  • Cuts all fonts and designs on your computer for free
  • Cuts vinyl, cardstock, magnetic sheet, fabric, and more.
  • Download individual designs from
  • Silhouette Studio software is included.
  • Cuts designs up to 10 feet long
  • Optical scanner so you can print designs on your printer and then cut them out.
*Check out this video on the Portrait.
My Thoughts


So I have had loads of fun playing the new Silhouette PORTRAIT! It is very similar to the CAMEO, just smaller and lighter. Silhouette made a few small changes to the overall design. One thing that I really liked about the PORTRAIT, is it is easier to load just vinyl. {you don’t need a cutting mat the cut vinyl} The PORTRAIT seems to have less of a lip for the vinyl to get caught on, so I felt it was easier than all the previous models to load vinyl.

silhouette portrait review

The PORTRAIt has only 5 buttons, no screen. It has a button to load Media on a Cutting Mat {ex: scrapbook paper on cutting mat} AND a button for when you load Media Only. {ex: vinyl} I liked the simplicity of the PORTRAIT design the the rounded look. It is easy to use and the cut is the same high quality precise cut that is a Silhouette standard.

Overall Thoughts on the PORTRAIT

It is a fantastic little machine! If you will only be cutting smaller designs and have limited space, then the PORTRAIT will be perfect for you! The Portrait has a lot cheaper price point, so its a great way to get your feet wet in digital cutting tools. But I have to say, the wider width of the CAMEO is very handy. I cut a lot of large designs, so I will probably still use the CAMEO most of the time, but I think the PORTRAIT will be nice to use for small projects and small cuts. And it will be easier to transport to craft parties and classes because its smaller and lighter.

Silhouette Black Friday Discounts 

Silhouette is having a HUGE Black Friday sale starting at 12:01 am EST! These are their BEST prices of the year! I will be posting details and discount codes at 12:01am on Black Friday. So be sure to stop by and get all the details on Silhouette Black Friday discounts and check out the Handmade Black Friday that will start at the same time!

handmade black friday


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happy crafting,


Disclosure: I received free product to try. All opinions are 100% mine. I only promote products that I think you will enjoy. Please see my complete disclosure here.


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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1201

    I would love to have this because it would be a great way for me to dive right into the craft/DIY field that I’ve been itching to begin for some time now. I love how versatile and handy it seems to be!

  2. 1202

    I would probably use a Cameo more, but I would love a Portrait too!

  3. 1203
    megan commerford

    thanks for the giveaway

  4. 1204

    I would prefer the Portrait. Thank you for the chance.

  5. 1205

    Thank you for this opportunity! I would love to have either one!

  6. 1206
    Chris Baker Cox

    I would love the Cameo, but I could do a lot with the Portrait too!

  7. 1207
    Meghan L.

    I would love either!

  8. 1208

    I would love to win this machine and put it to work instantly for some Christmas projects that I have planned. I have been a cricut user but would love to be converted! Thank you for the give-away opportunity and Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. 1209

    I prefer the portrait only because I don’t have a designated craft room and the portrait does almost everything the Cameo does but takes less space and it’s ideal for quick little things

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  11. 1211

    I would love the portrait! It would be fun to cut my very own vinyl :)

  12. 1212

    I think I would prefer the Cameo given the choice, but defintely either would have me jumping for joy!!!!

  13. 1213

    Your blog is one of my favorites to visit everyday. I hope I win the Portrait. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. 1214

    the portrait is lovely because we live in a small apartment but either would be amazing!!

  15. 1215

    I prefer the cameo (12 inch paper), but I’d love either!

  16. 1216

    I think I would prefer the Portrait, due to space limitations and since I’m just getting started, but I’d be thrilled with either! thank you!

  17. 1217
    Sarah B.

    I just crafted with my cameo last night… it was so much fun. The portrait would be a great gift to give to my cousin who does amazing stamping but has never tried a die cutter.

  18. 1218
    Jackie Bywater

    Christmas crafts!

  19. 1219
    jamie w


  20. 1220

    Thanks for the opportunity!! I absolutely love your blog!

  21. 1221
    Kim Bond

    I think I would do more projects with a cameo, but I would be thrilled to win a Portrait too! So much fun to be had cutting with one I would just be thrilled to win!

  22. 1222

    I have never used any silhouette product. They all sound great, but I think I’d like the portrait for it’s portability and to save on space.

  23. 1223

    Would love one of these!

  24. 1224

    I’d LOVE to have either of these!!

  25. 1225
    Julie H

    I would love to try either one because I don’t have a machine to cut out fun projects!

  26. 1226

    I think I would prefer the Portrait. It is less expensive, smaller and I think it looks easier to operate. I can’t think of any projects that would need to be bigger than 8 inches. I can always turn my fonts sideways if I want them to be bigger. Thank you for the chance to win.

  27. 1227

    Either would be great.

  28. 1228

    I’d take either!

  29. 1229

    That’s a tough call- I like the compact Portrait because we have such limited space. But I love the cameo and what I’ve seen people make with it!

  30. 1230
    nicole w

    i think both are great!

  31. 1231
    Debi Macrae

    I would love the Cameo because of the larger size, but I wouldn’t mind having the Portrait either, it looks like fun.

  32. 1232

    I would love the CAMEO, but would be very happy with the Portrait!!:)

  33. 1233
    Amanda C

    I’d prefer the CAMEO but love either one!!

  34. 1234

    I’d start out by making my Christmas cards on this!

  35. 1235
    Julie Hammonds

    How fun would that be! I have so many ideas!

  36. 1236
    Lisa N

    I like the Portrait’s smaller size, but I’d be thrilled with either!

  37. 1237
    silvia haynes

    I would prefer the Silhouette so that I had the option of the larger cuts :)

  38. 1238

    I would love to try one of these products but still really have no idea what I’d do with it! Lol. Are they good for cutting out designs for appliqué?

  39. 1239
    deb Harris

    Yay for this review. Your reviews are always so helpful!

  40. 1240

    Not sure, but I would love to have either one!

  41. 1241
    Jamie H

    I only really have room for a Portrait and as a beginner I think I could probably get the hang of it faster. I appreciate the chance to win!

  42. 1242
    Kari B.

    What a perfect Christmas gift to myself! I would love to make some birthday party banners, cupcake toppers and everything else for my little guys 3rd birthday in January!

  43. 1243
    Amy Powell

    I think the PORTRAIT. Small apartment = small things! :)

  44. 1244

    I would be beyond thrilled for either!

  45. 1245

    Probably the Portrait. It is just the perfect size for me! I would love having one!

  46. 1246

    Portrait I think!

  47. 1247
    Michelle R.

    The Portrait would be perfect for me!

  48. 1248

    I would love to have EITHER one!

  49. 1249

    I would love to have either but Cameo would be great!

  50. 1250
    Susanne Ascue

    I would love to win, it would really help with starting up my business!